Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
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Trailer Park King is a comedic take on life in the trailer park (obviously), where players take on the role of a self-centered teenage redneck living in what would probably qualify as that kind of person’s Utopia.
Everywhere he goes, the protagonist seems to be met almost exclusively by a variety of loosely dressed girls, each filling the shoes of several neighborhood stereotypes (albeit, in a pretty exaggerated fashion). There is the gamer, the doctor (or nurse, I suppose), the store vendor, the pregnant greeter sitting behind the desk at the Strip Club, and the list goes on. This game was pretty obviously meant to appeal to a very specific target demographic: mostly boys, mostly teenagers. Every player interaction is voice-acted so users never have to make the effort of reading any lines. The acting itself is okay, though dragged along a bit. Conversations are mildly amusing at times, but nothing ever really stands out.
As far as the gameplay, it’s all very straightforward. King, the protagonist, must go from location to location and interact with the many girls around using a “point-and-click” mechanic that’s been altered to work with the iOS touch controls. The scope of the game is for players to help King discover the identity of a murderer, after he gets framed for the death of a girlfriend’s brother. It’s casual gameplay in its truest form, as this game will never require any real effort. All King must do is interact with every character on his suspect list, do them a favor in exchange for information then, one by one, cross them off the list until the murderer is discovered.
Ultimately, Trailer Park King feels like a rather lazy game that delivers a shallow teenage fantasy without having to make too much of an effort. Still, as far as the right audience is concerned, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.